The Dust Goes On

The basement remodel is coming along nicely.  All of the walls and the flooring are in — hopefully everything will be done next month.

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Pardon Our Dust

Two weeks ago the long-awaited basement remodel commenced in the Palace of the Little Women (a.k.a. Schloss Mädchenlein).  This is a down-to-the-studs remodel that should improve the utility and appearance of the basement by several orders of magnitude.  More photos will come later.

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Halloween

_dsc4919Our great costumes this year were: a gypsy (Annika), a bunny (Clara), and a homework assignment (Nicolyn’s costume, but Clara’s idea).

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Visiting Old Things and the Grandparents

(The title of this post may seem redundant, but it’s not.)

Clara and Nicolyn will tell you that the three biggest holidays of the year are (in order) Christmas, their birthday, and visiting their grandparents in Utah.  The last of these commands particular preparation from them.  For example, Clara begs to start packing her things for the summer trip months in advance, and all of the girls start making gifts for their grandparents in the spring.  All of the Little Women agreed that this year’s trip (in July) was worth the wait.  Along with annual traditions like Aunt Autumn’s Nail Salon, they visited a cave in Idaho and an Oregon Trail museum.

They also drove to eastern Utah, where Dinosaur National Monument straddles the Utah-Colorado border.  There they saw and touched dinosaur fossils that were millions of years old.

While in the area, they also visited the McConkie ranch, which is famous for its collection of petroglyphs created by the Fremont Native Americans.  But these were at most 2000 years old, so they couldn’t really compare with the dinosaur bones.

Annika with a Petroglyph

The Little Women Enjoy Raspberry Shakes at Bear Lake with Their

 

More photos are here and here.

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Digging for Fun

Clara and Nicolyn ended July by attending the annual Amazon picnic with Jonathan. This is an event that has become an official Big Deal among the Little Women. This year’s attractions included digging for dinosaur bones (well, little plastic dinosaurs), along with the usual bouncy houses, junk food, balloons, and live entertainment.

Digging for Dinosaurs

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Memorial Day

The Little Women celebrated Memorial Day by hiking through Seattle’s Seward Park, which graces the shores of Lake Washington.

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Of course, the best part of the day was scouring the beach for rocks, and throwing many of them into the lake._DSC4350

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Armchair Travelers

The Little Women’s newest hobby is “visiting” places around the world through Google Maps.

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Clara and Nicolyn claim that this hasn’t whetted their appetite for real travel, except for visiting Disneyland and Antarctica.

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